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May 10, 2002

Ted Demme's Film 'Blow' Honored

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The late Ted Demme's film "Blow" was honored for its accurate depiction of drug abuse and addiction at the sixth annual Prism Awards.

The film starring Johnny Depp as George Jung, the American connection to the Columbian cocaine cartel in the late 1970s and early '80s was among 14 works of film, television and music that won awards Thursday for their accurate portrayals of drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse.

The recognition, which included a special tribute to Demme, came nearly four months after the 38-year-old collapsed and died while playing in a charity basketball game in Santa Monica. Coroner's officials found a small amount of cocaine in his body, and concluded that the drug could have been a factor in his death.

In new categories this year, awards went to a pair of independent films and rocker/TV father Ozzy Osbourne, honored for the song "Junkie."

The awards are presented by the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the NAtional Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institutes of Health.

The program was taped for national syndication by Tribune Entertainment and is scheduled to air in August.